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Queensland Finally Abolishes the Gay Panic Defence


It’s actually happened. Queensland has abolished gay panic defence. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016 was passed in state parliament on Tuesday night, amending section 304 of the state’s Criminal Code so that an unwanted sexual advance is no longer a provocation to kill somebody. Officially known as the homosexual advancement defence, gay panic is ...

Predicting and Preventing Crime: An Interview with CTDS’s Dr Roman Marchant


The future is now. Even before you move into your new model home, in that recently-designed outer suburb in metropolitan Sydney, big data is watching you. And it doesn’t need to monitor your movements, or even address your motives, it just needs to know your postcode. Or that’s one way you could perceive the new ...

Police Minister Pleads Ignorance of the Law


Just in case you missed the media frenzy this week, NSW Police Minister Troy Grant hit the headlines claiming he did not know that using a mobile phone while driving is unlawful. Mr Grant was a police officer for 22 years, before entering politics in 2010. He has been the police minister since January this ...

“Come on and suck my d**k you little c**t”, youth justice officer tells child


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Juvenile detention centres are places where troubled youths are sent as punishment, and where they can engage in counselling and programs to help get them back on the right path. They are certainly not places where punishment is meant to be administered, let alone where adults in positions of ...

Victoria Police Accused of North Korean Tactics


The credibility and effectiveness of Melbourne’s new night court is in question, with Victoria police accused of flouting the law and misusing the system to illegally keep a man behind bars. After being arrested and taken into custody, Kyle Stewart was scheduled to appear in Sunshine Magistrate’s Court on the 8th of March to face ...

Are the Boys in Blue Really There to Protect You?


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim There’s a popular perception in mainstream society that the institution of the police was created to protect and serve the interests of the general population, and that officers on the beat are there to prevent crime and promote the interests of justice. Indeed, many believe that police have always been ...

Victoria Police: A Law Unto Themselves


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Kyle Stewart was due to appear before Sunshine Magistrates Court on March 8 to face a charge of unlicensed driving. He had been arrested and held in police custody, but officers neglected to take him to court that morning despite being required to do so. The case came before Magistrate Kaye Robertson ...

Keep Adani Out: An Interview with Wangan and Jagalingou Council’s Murrawah Johnson


The Adani Carmichael coal mine is a $22 billion dollar project that, if approved, will be built in the Galilee Basin, Queensland. If the Indian multinational manages to get approval, the mine will be the biggest in Australia, comprised of six open-cut pits and five underground mines. Of course, a mine of this magnitude will ...

Should Publishing ‘Fake News’ be a Crime?


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Australian Constitution explicitly guarantees just five rights: The right to vote (Section 41), Protection against acquisition of property on unjust terms (Section 51 (xxxi)), The right to a trial by jury for criminal cases in the higher courts (Section 80), Freedom of religion (Section 116), and The right against discrimination ...

“We made a mistake”: teen dies after police fail to call ambulance


A coronial inquest has heard that a teenager who was unconscious during a drug raid on a Gold Coast apartment would still be alive if police had called an ambulance, rather than completing the search and leaving without calling for medical assistance. Nineteen-year old university student Charlie Robertson died of a drug overdose on 13 ...